Ainslie Oconnor

Ainslie Oconnor

Master of Arts


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Building on my extensive public policy experience from the United Kingdom and Australia and a strong skill base in in governance, strategy development and project management, I have moved closer to research in my role at the European Alliance Against Depression. I am particularly interested in the transition from research into practice, focussing on implementation in different cultural settings.


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Due to the many different factors contributing to diagnostic and therapeutic deficits concerning depression and the risk of suicidal behaviour, community-based interventions combining different measures are considered the most efficient way to address these important areas of public health. The network of the European Alliance Against Depression ha...



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EAAD-Best, which aims to adapt and implement EAAD’s Best Practice Model to improve depression care and prevent suicidal behavior in Europe, is a consortium of 10 European partners, led by the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), funded within the 3rd EU Health Programme (HP-PJ-2020). This project has two overarching goals: • improving care for patients with depression; and • preventing suicidal behaviour. These goals will be achieved by: • transferring the community-based 4-level intervention concept of EAAD to new regions and countries in Europe and • promoting the international uptake of the iFightDepression®-tool, an internet-based self-management tool for patients with depression.
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health difficulties in the workplace in the EU, causing immense suffering and costing the global economy €1 trillion each year in lost productivity. Certain sectors, in particular construction sector, health sector, information and communication technology (ICT) sector, have an elevated risk of mental health difficulties, with those working in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) being particularly vulnerable. However, most SMEs have limited capacity to address mental health promotion and provide mental health interventions to the staff. As SMEs comprise more than 90% of all EU businesses, there is a huge potential to influence population health. The MENTUPP project is a four-year project involving 17 partners in Europe and Australia, involving a wide range of disciplines that aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace by developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive, multilevel intervention programme targeting both clinical (depressive, anxiety disorders) and non-clinical (stress, burnout, wellbeing, depressive symptoms) mental health issues, as well as combating the stigma of mental (ill-) health. The intervention will be tailored for SMEs in construction, healthcare and ICT sectors and will be assessed in a multi-country Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (CRCT). The primary goal is to improve mental health in the workplace, with a secondary goal to reduce depression and suicidal behaviour.